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Old November 9 2013, 03:17 AM   #16
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Re: FAA okays electronic devices right through flights

A magnetic tape recorder doesn't have high frequency clock signals like those in digital equipment like tablets, MP3 players, laptops etc. Like the drum on old rowing ships the clock signal is used to keep various components like the CPU and memory in step with each other. Since a 1960s era tape recorder would be completely analog there wouldn't be a clock signal.

Even the single MHz Apple ][ would interfere with TV receivers until Apple painted the inside of the case with conductive paint, added electrical bonding strips to the lid joint and iron loops for the floppy drive ribbon cables.
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Old November 15 2013, 02:05 AM   #17
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Re: FAA okays electronic devices right through flights

Sorry for the bump but it seems the Europeans have gone one step further and will allow 3 and 4G cellular communications from aircraft at all times (Seems they had already been allowing 2G)

http://www.itworld.com/internet/3827...d-4g-broadband

Can image the data roaming charges would be nasty.

from a vague memory check and Virgin Australian and QANTAS both had facilities on their aircraft for inflight cellular calls but don't know if was fully implented

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/wi...nes-in-flight/
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Old November 15 2013, 02:57 AM   #18
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Re: FAA okays electronic devices right through flights

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The only bad thing about this is what if I'm trying to sleep and someone sitting next to me is talking on the phone during the entire trip. There are times when I am thankful for the no talking on the cellphone rule during flights.
That can't happen. First, because there's no cell signal at 30,000 feet. Second, because this rule change still doesn't allow phone calls during the flight.
Only flight I've ever been on with in-flight WiFi had the woman next to me trying to make a skype call on her laptop for half an hour. The signal/bandwidth was so bad it kept cutting out and I don't think they actually managed to say more than 15 words to each other. I expect as the in-flight internet options get better and more people use VOIP services it will only get more and more common.
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Old November 16 2013, 12:09 AM   #19
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Sorry for the bump but it seems the Europeans have gone one step further and will allow 3 and 4G cellular communications from aircraft at all times (Seems they had already been allowing 2G)

http://www.itworld.com/internet/3827...d-4g-broadband

Can image the data roaming charges would be nasty.
Exactly, roaming charges is going to make this a most expensive thing to do, and most airlines will have to install new devices into their planes first (and a new ground-infrastructure might need to be developed and build)... Personally I don't see the need, don't most airlines offer free Wifi during flights today anyway?
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